A Return to Clan-Politics (or Worse) in Southern Somalia?

Harun Hassan, Journalist Cedric Barnes, School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London The first months of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) ‘residence’ in Mogadishu has seen a severe deterioration in security in Mogadishu. By all accounts the TFG and its Ethiopian allies are generally restricted to key strategic points in the city. Much of the […]

The Evacuation of Older People: The Case of Hurricane Katrina

A paper presented at the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August 2006. In this paper, I focus on the process of evacuation and how, in the case of Hurricane Katrina, this casts light on the position of older people in contemporary western society. All the evidence […]

Labour Market Flooding? Migrant Destination and Wage Change during America’s Age of Mass Migration

Influential voices in the media and in public policy circles have sustained the impression and perhaps heightened the concern that high levels of immigration harm resident Americans by reducing their wages.  This perception of “labour market flooding” – sometimes billed as “common sense” (Brimelow, 1995) – is bolstered by the logic of introductory-level microeconomic theory.  […]

The United States and Mexico: Prospects for a Bilateral Migration Policy

On July 2, 2000, Vicente Fox became Mexico’s first democratically-elected opposition president, and almost made good on a campaign promise to re-examine US-Mexican migration relations by proposing that the countries of North America begin eliminating controls on regional labor flows. The idea of a common market fell on deaf ears within the United States, but […]

Do Surges in Less-Skilled Immigration Have Important Wage Effects?

Over the last three decades the U.S. has experienced a second great surge in immigration, comparable in many respects to the massive increase in foreign born workers in the Age of Mass Migration – the decades around the start of the last century. Between 1970 and 2005 the foreign-born share of the U.S. labor force […]